Play explores the impact of AIDS

For Black History Month this year, Montreal’s Black Theatre Workshop chose to present Binti's Journey, a play that brings the impact of the AIDS/HIV epidemic into focus.

The statistics are harrowing: according to the World Health Organization, there are nearly 26 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living with HIV, and millions of children who become orphans when one or both of their parents die of the disease. For Black History Month this year, Montreal’s Black Theatre Workshop chose to present a play that brings the impact of the epidemic into focus.

Binti’s Journey is adapted from a children’s novel written by author Deborah Ellis, and tells the story of a 13-year-old girl named Binti Phiri. Once the star of a popular radio program in Malawi, Binti becomes an orphan when both her parents die of complications related to AIDS. She and her siblings are separated after their parents’ deaths and, in making it her mission to reunite with them, she discovers a deeper understanding of the power of family and community.

The play uses storytelling, dance and music to tell the powerful story that touches on themes of acceptance and belonging. Binti’s Journey will be presented at the Segal Centre Feb. 11, 13 and 14. Tickets cost $15 for adults (18+) and $10 for those under 18.

To buy tickets, call the Segal Centre box office at 514-932-1104 or visit segalcentre.org.